Beans are a culinary staple with endless potential, especially when prepared from dried beans rather than canned. This collection of recipes focuses on the simplicity and versatility of beans, offering both classics and new dishes for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a seasoned bean enthusiast or new to cooking with dried beans, these recipes provide nourishing and satisfying options for your table.
Beans are budget-friendly, offering substantial savings compared to canned options. They're an affordable way to add plant-based protein and nutrients to your meals, making them a practical choice for budget-conscious cooks.
Croatian Bean Soup
I grew up eating grah just like this every week. This is my mother's recipe and her mother's recipe before that. Grah is a thick bean stew with smoked pork, and it's quintessential Balkan peasant food that keeps you warm and going.
Jamaican Oxtail Stew With Butterbeans
No longer peasant food, oxtail has skyrocketed in popularity and price. But this delicious cut of meat is so worth it for a special occasion. This authentic Jamaican oxtail stew is made with butterbeans (lima beans) and is worth the time and effort to prepare.
Balkan Bean Soup
The Bosnian version of grah is made with smoked beef. Here, I make it with smoked beef sausage.
Mediterranean White Bean Salad
A refreshing blend of white beans, crisp veggies, and Mediterranean herbs, dressed in a light vinaigrette.
Black Eyed Peas & Rice
A classic Southern dish with black-eyed peas, rice, and a touch of smoky flavor.
Budget-Friendly Homemade Refried Beans
Make rich and creamy refried beans from scratch without breaking the bank.
Indian Style Mixed Beans Curry
A spicy and hearty curry with a mix of beans, simmered in aromatic Indian spices.
Greek Baked Lima Beans Casserole
Lima beans baked in a Greek-inspired tomato sauce with Mediterranean flavors.
Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)
A savory Puerto Rican dish featuring stewed beans with Latin spices.
Crockpot Baked Beans
Let your slow cooker do the work for this classic baked beans recipe.
Creole Red Beans & Rice
A taste of New Orleans with red beans, rice, and a dash of Creole seasoning.